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Painting the Night workshop

Art Workshops in Wirral

'Painting the Night' (SB010)

This workshop was last run on 15th January 2015. Please contact me to request a repeat running of this workshop. The workshop was initially run as a full-day workshop, but may be condensed to a half-day. However, the longer the day, the more we achieve! More information on my workshops...

Step-by-step guide to painting night scenes
Step-by-step tuition guiding students through the creation of a night scene by Van Gogh

The long winter evenings offer an opportunity to study the effects of evening light (both natural and artificial) and our night perception of colour. The 'Painting the Night' workshop will look at differing approaches to the depiction of town and country landscapes at night. In the morning session, students will be guided through the reproduction of a section of a night painting. In the afternoon session, students will take what they have learned from the morning session and produce, under guidance, a new work from a photograph or photographs.

The workshop will take place under my tuition in my home studio - a light and airy conservatory - in the Wirral. Student numbers will be kept to a minimum (2 or 3 students) to facilitate one-to-one tuition. The workshop will offer step-by-step tuition in an informal, friendly atmosphere, where students and tutor can bounce ideas off one another. It is my intention that students enjoy a productive, informative and fulfilling day. The class is suitable for beginners or more experienced artists. More information on my workshops...


10:00 - 10:30

A brief introduction to working methods and an open discussion on contrasting approaches to the depiction of night scenes.

10:30 - 13:00

Each student will choose a reproduction of an 'old master' painting depicting a night time scene. This may be a townscape or a countryside scene. Students will then be guided through the production of a copy of their selected painting utilising as many technical aspects of the original artist's technique as feasible. You will not be expected to complete this work. It will be used as a means to familiarise yourself with a working technique.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 17:00

Under guidance, students will take what they have learned from the morning session into the production of their own work. Students should aim to provide their own photographs in order to make their work more personal, though a selection of photos will also be provided at the class.

Please note that timings are approximate - I will make every effort to ensure that students are fully conversant with appropriate principles before moving on to subsequent stages - there is no rush and you will be under no pressure or expectations. Students may work in whichever medium - traditional oils, water-mixable oils, alkyds, acrylics etc. - you would prefer. I will produce a demonstration piece in oils prior to the workshop. By the end of the workshop you should have a finished 'night' painting and be familiar with basic elements of composition, application of paint and use of colour. Hot and cold drinks with nibbles will be provided, as will a cold lunch.

Learn how to paint night scenes
Learn how to paint night scenes